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In August 2022, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum on Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research calling on federal agencies to make “articles resulting from all U.S. federally funded research freely available and publicly accessible by default in agency-designated repositories without any embargo or delay after publication.” See more on these directives and learn more on Public Access Mandates for Federally Funded Research. (The August 2022 directive builds upon the February, 2013, the OSTP and the White House directive requiring federally funded agencies receiving more than $100M in R&D to develop public access policies for peer-reviewed articles resulting from federal funding.)
This updated policy guidance will eliminate the current 12-month embargo period and make articles and the underlying data needed to validate their results available in machine-readable formats. The memorandum also contains key provisions that aim to promote equity in the publishing of and access to federally funded research as well as to improve scientific research integrity. The memorandum applies to all U.S. federal agencies with R&D expenditures, significantly expanding the scope of current federal policy.
The time frame for implementation of the memorandum has two components:
All new and updated agency public access plans for publications and data will go into effect no later than 2025. As noted earlier, the new scientific research integrity provisions of agency public access plans will go into effect starting in 2027.
The University of Illinois at Chicago University Library provides consultations on article and data management planning and compliance with these public access mandates.
For questions or details about the specific policies and requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org email Sandy De Groote, Scholarly Communication Librarian (email@example.com) or contact your liaison librarian.